27 February 2013
Students shortlisted for international carpet design competition
Two Oxford Brookes architecture students, Lucy Dickson and Jonathan Carter, have been shortlisted in the ege magazine and FX magazine carpet competition, and are travelling to Denmark to compete to have their carpet developed.
The aim of the competition was to design a carpet which could be sold as part of ege’s design collection range. The winner will also receive 3% of all gross sales for the next three years of the launch date. Additionally, their design will be published in FX magazine. The two students were shortlisted from 220 applicants from all over the world, and will face two other candidates in the final stage in Denmark.
Lucy and Jonathan produced their carpet designs as part of their 6th Year Architectural Design studio work done in DS1, led by Andrew Dawson and Igea Troiani. The studio has been focusing on 'Consuming the Exotic' travel experience, working specifically with issues of cultural consumption in Istanbul and Cappadocia in Turkey. The students visited Turkey to observe how traditional patterns are interwoven in the city’s architecture. Jonathan commented, “After arriving in Istanbul, it was immediately clear how the traditional decorative patterns, well associated with Turkish culture, have been used throughout the city from the grand Islamic mosques to the smallest of souvenirs. For the competition, I created a dynamic carpet design heavily influenced by the colours and shapes found within traditional Turkish patterns”.
Similarly, Lucy used “traditional Turkish patterns explored within the architectural fabric of Istanbul” for her design. She has also named her carpet ‘Yildiz’, which is the Turkish word for ‘Star’.
Lucy and Jonathan will be travelling to Denmark on the 27th February for the final part of the competition process. While there they will meet with an ege designer who will help them bring their carpet to life, and they will also see their carpet produced in one of their chosen colour selections. The final four designs will then be judged by a panel of ege designers and members of FX magazine.